Brian T. FitzPatrick is of counsel at Belluck & Fox. Brian investigates and litigates against defendant asbestos companies and insurers. He also manages the firm’s bankruptcy filing practice. Brian oversees the filing of claims on behalf of our clients against large asbestos companies that have declared bankruptcy. When these companies are given bankruptcy protection the courts usually require them to setup a fund so that present and future claimants can seek compensation for their exposures to the bankrupt company’s products. In this regard, Brian also participates in numerous official asbestos creditors committees, which the bankruptcy courts appoint to safeguard the rights of present and future asbestos victims.
Following law school, Brian served as a law clerk to the Hon. Steffen W. Graae of the District of Columbia Superior Court and then as a law clerk to the Hon. Edward R. Neaher of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Prior to joining Belluck & Fox, Brian had extensive experience in commercial litigation. He practiced with both large and small firms and worked on a wide variety of commercial cases, including lawsuits involving corporate fraud, contract disputes, shareholder disputes, insurance coverage and whistleblower actions. Theses cases included complex litigation and class actions.
- New York University School of Law, LL.M in Business Crimes
- Antioch School of Law, J.D.
- University of Hawaii, B.A. and M.A.
Areas of Practice
- Asbestos Exposure Injury
- Commercial Litigation
Accomplishments and Legal Activities
- Co-author with the Hon. Steffen W. Graae (dcd.) and the Hon. Henry F. Greene, The Law of Evidence in the District of Columbia (LexisNexis, 5th ed. 2011), which is the seminal treatise on evidentiary law in the District of Columbia courts.
- Author, Congressional Re-election through Symbolic Politics: The Enhanced Banking Crime Penalties, 32 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1 (1994).
- Member, Bar Association of the City of New York – Served on the Litigation Committee from 2000–2006 where he co-authored a report on the Civil Appeals Management Program of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- Counsel to For the Good of the Neighborhood, a not-for-profit corporation that provides sports-related activities to youth in low-income areas of Queens, New York.
- Admitted to practice in New York, Minnesota and the District of Columbia.